https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1134803028236619776https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1134568986434297859This is it
Here we are, then. After a three-week wait, Liverpool are ready to contest a ninth European Cup final - with Tottenham Hotspur their opponents in Madrid.The manager's message"It is a while ago we fell in love with each other and that's now how it is. We've worked together for a while and we will work together for a couple more years and everything is fine," said Klopp of his relationship with the club.
"We sit here before a Champions League final and that's - as I understand it - the biggest game in world football for clubs, so I think it's normal that I am in a good shape and a good mood.
"Even when I was unlucky, I am maybe silly enough to try it again and again and again and I don't waste time before a game being in a bad mood. As I've learned, I have enough time for that after a game! We will be there and we will try to play a very positive game."Line-up:The fans:https://twitter.com/tom_cassidy1/status/1134790945671733248https://twitter.com/danielnicolson/status/1134798076135268356https://twitter.com/theredmentv/status/1134550258128707584?s=21Wanda Metropolitano:https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1134708908277293056Team comparison:
Twelve games each, incredible semi-final comebacks and group-stage escapes - examine all of the numbers behind Liverpool and Tottenham's run to the Champions League final below...Klopp's pre-match presser:
Jürgen Klopp, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were on the top table for Friday's pre-match press conference - catch up with everything they said to the world's media...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6VnxEooIeIVideos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_gLCUUmi7khttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik-DhHJM8eohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuk-b47-n9Mhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-LvSAqVTbQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeiAUvbnhkUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6feN4MNP_S4https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1134772829830950912Some statistics...
Sadio Mane could become the first Liverpool player ever to score in back-to-back European Cup finals
The Reds are unbeaten in the last five European games against English teams, winning three and drawing two
Jordan Henderson will be the fourth player to captain an English side in two European Cup finals, after Emlyn Hughes, Steven Gerrard, and John McGovern
This is Klopp's third major European final with Liverpool - only Bob Paisley (four) has ever guided the club to moreFor the tactics lovers amongst us:https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/features/351001-tottenham-liverpool-tactics-preview-champions-league-finalTeam news:
The teamsheet is in and it confirms Roberto Firmino does indeed start for Liverpool in the Champions League final after overcoming a muscle issue.
Elsewhere, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho get the nod to begin in midfield, while new UEFA regulations mean 12 substitutes are named on the bench.Liverpool:
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.Substitutes:
Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Brewster, Origi, Kelleher.Spurs:
Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.Substitutes:
Gazzaniga, Vorm, Sanchez, Foyth, Aurier, Wanyama, Dier, Walker-Peters, Lucas, Lamela, Llorente